Heavy rains and thunderstorms expected across Victoria can cause rising water levels and flash flooding.
Residents across the state are wary of wet weather forecasts continuing through Thursday as evacuation orders remain in Echuca, where floodwaters have risen to 94.96 meters.
Residents of Melbourne’s suburbs were hit by rain, with Lilydale registering 40mm of rain in 30 minutes on Wednesday and officials warned of more rain on Thursday.
Lilydale was the hardest-hit area, with nearly 200 calls for help and 25 inland flood reliefs.
Massive flooding continues in rural towns such as Echuca, Moama, Torrumbarry and Barham.
Moderate flooding continues along the Campaspe River in Echuca, with multiple vigilance and action warnings issued in Bambertha, Appin South, Kerrang, Seymour, Rochester, Charlton, and Greater Shepperton in Swan Hill.
Massive flood warnings have been activated along the Snowy River, downstream of the MacKillop Bridge, east of Gippsland in Orbost, Marlo, Weigala, Tosterley and Wairewa.
Over 950,000 sandbags have been laid across the state in the last seven days and seven relief centers have been opened.
Victoria’s emergency management commissioner, Andrew Crisp, said severe weather would continue into the summer in all parts of the state.
“The fact is that the water level will stay at this level for several days and stay at major flood levels for at least seven days, so there is still the potential for significant impacts on communities,” he said.